The European Commission is preparing to abandon a plan to force manufacturers to make some home appliances use less energy and last longer before breaking down.
Environmentalists say this is a misguided. Europeans will end up with less-efficient and less-durable consumer goods.
Jack Hunter from the campaign group EEB says, "It's making toasters and kettles and hairdryers better and cheaper to run, so they don't break after half a year - all of this without raising the price or affecting jobs. Very simply, it's quality control."